b. 1965, Seattle, U.S; lives and works in New York, U.S.
TJ Wilcox works primarily in moving image to explore how the personal narratives of his subjects intersect with their environments and cultural histories. Bringing these elements together in film and video, the idea that history is an ongoing construct is brought to the fore in a way that reveals the past as a fluid and mutable thing. Rather than an ossified, concrete fact, history is, in fact, always interpreted and discovered from the present and the present has an indelible effect on how history is read and understood. To highlight this subjective quality of history, many of Wilcox’s works move subtly and often imperceptibly between documentary objectivity and more fictional narratives, between the persona and the inner life of his subjects. Styles and techniques intersect and blur and we are left with a feeling comprized of reportage and documentary, myth and suggestion, fact and fiction.
TJ Wilcox's solo exhibitions include Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach FL (2023); Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles CA (2022); Spectrum, Gladstone Gallery, 24th Street, New York NY (2020); Carte de visite, VHN Gallery, Paris (2018); Gentlemen, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2017); Equivalents, Gladstone Gallery, New York (2016); In the Air, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan, USA (2015); In the Air, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2013); The Heir & Astaire, Carthage Hall, Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland (2012); A Fair Tale & Garland One, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2005); T.J Wilcox: Garlands, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Munich, Germany (2005); Smorgasbord, MATRIX 198, UC Berkeley Art Museum (2002); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1998). His films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Tate Modern, London. Group exhibitions include Ice and Fire: A Benefit Exhibition in Three Parts, The Kitchen, New York (2020); Natural Wonders: Sublime Artifice in Contemporary Art, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, USA (2018); La Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2015); Lawns and Hedges, South London Gallery, London (2013); Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009-2010).
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